Menu
News

Painter awarded $58m after skull bashed in at bar

ANTONIO Lopez Chaj has been awarded US$58 million in compensation over an assault that left him with half his skull permanently caved in.

The 43-year-old house painter was bashed by a security guard and a waiter after trying to intervene in a beating outside a California bar.

Lawyers said the unlicensed, untrained security guard beat Chaj with a baton, kicked him in the head eight times and smashed his skull against pavement four times.

He received such severe brain damage that he is now unable to speak and requires 24-hour nursing care.

A Torrance Superior Court jury unanimously agreed to order the security company that employed the offender to pay Lopez Chaj $58 million in compensation, lawyers acting for the family announced Tuesday.

More on this story at NZ Herald

Topics:  bashing california compensation court editors picks


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Byron Bus Interchange in transit

WHERE TO NOW: The current Byron Bay Bus Interchange is well and truly at capacity, and then some.

Byron Bus Interchange is now in transit

It's apple season at the markets

MARKETS: High in fibre, vitamin c and antioxidants, it's no wonder apples have a reputation for keeping the doctor away.

She's all apples at local farmers markets.

Healing power of photographic art

WINDOWS UPDATE: Jim Hourigan from Healing Photo Art (back row, second from left) and Kathryn Blaich (bottom left) with Tuckeroo staff and five of the 30 images that will grace the facility's walls.

Healing windows on the world in Byron bay

Local Partners